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Mikel Arteta and Arsenal Players Involved in "Frustrating" Talks with Club Over European Super League Involvement

Mikel Arteta and the Arsenal squad are reportedly frustrated with the club
Mikel Arteta and the Arsenal squad are reportedly frustrated with the club / Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Mikel Arteta and his Arsenal players are reportedly frustrated with the club at not being informed of their entry into the European Super League before it was officially announced.

According to a report by Football London, the players and the manager were unaware of plans for the creation of a breakaway league and held "frustrating talks" with the club's bosses amid fears they could be banned from playing in the Premier League or for their countries.

Arsenal are one of six Premier League clubs set to be 'founder members' - along with the rest of their so-called 'Big Six' rivals Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, and Tottenham. They are joined in the plans by Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Inter, Juventus, Milan, and Real Madrid.

Arteta was asked about the European Super League and Arsenal's participation in his post-match press conference after the 1-1 draw with Fulham over the weekend. And the Spaniard insisted he knew nothing about it. The Gunners are in the semi-finals of the Europa League but could set to be banned from participating, along with Manchester United.

UEFA executive committee member Jesper Moller - also head of the Danish FA - wants to see the clubs "thrown out" of this season's continental competition.

Speaking to Danish broadcaster DR, Moller said: "There is an extraordinary executive meeting on Friday where I expect the 12 clubs to be thrown out. I think that we, who love football, have had it. Someone has to draw the line and find out which way the clubs should go. We owe it to our fans and everyone who loves football."